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Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)

Patron: Rt. Hon. Lord Joicey

 

Hon. President: Dr. Chris Burgess

TillVAS is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.

 

The Society's core aim is "To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till and the eastern Border lands of England and Scotland".

 

We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland, together with the eastern Border lands, once known as the English and Scottish Marches.

 

< Please click on the tabs on the top left-hand side of this page to learn about the Society and its activities.

 

 

 

 

Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge

 

The website has a dual purpose:-

Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.

Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.

 

The Till Valley and the eastern Borders are rich in history and archaeological sites, set in attractive and varied landscapes. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.                      

                                                                                                            

All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.

Photo-A concentrated effort in a trench below Branxton Hill in the area where the Scots army found themselves in difficult ground on 9th September 1513 at the Battle of Flodden.

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News

FEBRUARY 2017

A BIG THANK-YOU to everyone who attended the coffee morning on 11th February 2017 and to all those who donated produce, books, CDs, DVDs and raffle prizes. Special thanks to Ian Glendinning and Allan Wightman for putting on such an interesting display of metal-detecting finds. Thank you also to Heather and John Pentland, Maureen Charlton, Kathleen Holmes, Colin Wakeling, Margaret Mole, Val Ainslie, Val Glass, Alan & Wendy Urwin and Heather Waldron for organisation, catering and manning of tables. The sum raised amounted to £427.76, about £100 more than last year and an excellent result for Society funds. See Photograph Gallery.

METAL DETECTING TRAINING DAY

Many thanks to Heather P for arranging a successful day of training on 29th January and thank you for the instruction and guidance provided by Ian Glendinning and Allan Wightman.

See photos by clicking on the Photograph Gallery page.

THE NEXT LECTURE will be on Wednesday, 1st March at 7.30pm in Crookham Village Hall when Chris Bowles will give an "Update on Coldingham Priory".

ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS- VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Details of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Cultural Heritage-Archaeology Projects in 2017, organised by Richard Carlton's firm can be seen by clicking on Archaeology News, above. Please note that booking is essential. THERE WILL BE NEWS DURING MARCH ABOUT THE MAJOR TILLVAS 'LOCAL' EXCAVATION.

NEW YEAR'S DAY WALK 2017

Many thanks to John Nolan for leading us on a fantastic walk to Reaveley Hill and Hartside, with accompanying historical and archaeological explanations—please see a report by clicking on Reports on Events, above. Also click on Photograph Gallery.

FLODDEN 500

The final event and THE WAY AHEAD - Please click on the tag above for Archaeology News

TillVAS ARCHIVES

The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the  Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Maureen Charlton or the Assistant Archivist, Julia Day.

MEMBERS' WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS

Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above.  Please let us have your thoughts, in prose or in verse.

LENNEL KIRK, COLDSTREAM.

Please click on the Archaeology News tab above for details of the conservation programme and opportunities for volunteering.

BRANXTON & CROOKHAM VILLAGE ATLAS PROJECT

There are some important meetings of the Activity Groups scheduled over the next few months. Please click on the appropriate tag above, which will take you to the Village Atlas page and give you all the dates, times and places of the meetings.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, TILLVAS MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF OTHER ATLAS GROUPS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE MEETINGS (except the Steering Committee).

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.

PREVIOUS LECTURE AND OTHER REPORTS

Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.

BOOKSTALL

The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.

Items for sale include:-

1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and

2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.

See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop and the Lavender Tea Rooms and Village Shop in Etal.

 

There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.